Jigawa Golden Stars were too strong for visiting Kogi United to handle in their matchday 23 encounter of the Bet9ja Nigeria National League Northern Conference clash decided at the Hadejia on saturday evening.
The hosts struck twice in the spate of 12 minutes to hand the Dutse based side a deserving 2-0 victory over their visitors from the Confluence state. The first goal came through Adamu Rahaqqu who slot home from close range after he connected nicely with Deekor Abraham’s cross in the 2nd minute of play.
It was not long before the hosts doubled their lead through Umar Abba who volleyed past Ogundare Detan in goal for Kogi United.
All efforts from Kogi United to reduce the deficit in the second half proved abortive as resilient Jigawa Golden Stars prevented them from creating clear-cut chances.
Coach Abdulrahman described the defeat as disappointing for Kogi United and noted that his wards lost concentration in the early stages just as he questioned the officials’ call to allow Jigawa’s second goal.
“Yes it’s painful and disappointing because this was not what we expected, we couldn’t cope well in the early stages and we let in the first goal, I didn’t know why the second goal was allowed as it was twice offside, who knows, may be at one nil we would have get back and claimed it.
“Our second half was superb and I’m impressed with my players’ response and push but it wasn’t enough for us to claim anything from the match.
“Well the season isn’t over we will continue to push and get better results in our remaining games for us to end the season on a high.
Assistant Coach of Jigawa Golden Stars, Abdulazeez Adeiza was elated to survive a ‘tactically gifted’ Kogi United’s second half onslaught, he noted that the win had put them in good stead to gain promotion.
“I’m really happy with the win but it wasn’t easy as you can see Kogi United are a tactically gifted side, the quick goals rally assisted us to settle well.
“It was a tough game, especially in the second half but we managed to end it, the victory is good for us in our challenge for promotion,” Adeiza said.
Jigawa Golden Stars maintain 2nd position on the log of the northern conference with the win as they have now garnered 34 points from 20 matches and still on the verge of sealing promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Kogi United lie 4th on the log with 29 points after the same number of matches.